(Bumped from the fanposts)
Dear Coach Fisher,
Thank you for 16+ seasons as the coach of this franchise. You took over a struggling team in 1994 replacing Jack Pardee in the middle of the season. You did a great job turning the then Oilers into a descent team. Many people may not remember the total dismantling Bud Adams did following the 1993 season. You handled the move to Tennessee as well as anyone ever could have. At that time it was a young team and you kept them focused and competitive despite playing your home games in four stadiums in four years. You did a great job selling this team to the public. You went out and did things in the community and had your players do so as well. You helped the city of Nashville fall in love with this franchise.
You shocked the world in 1999 by taking a team projected to finish with 8 wins all the way to the Super Bowl. 13 regular season wins, a music city miracle, a whipping on the Colts and Jags got you in the big game. In that game you were beaten by a better team, but helped get this team within striking distance in the end. I wish that would not have been an experimental year in which there was only one week between the AFC Championship and the Super Bowl. I would have loved to have given you and your staff another week to prepare for that awesome Rams offense.
You led our team to an outstanding regular season in 2000. The Ravens game still stings a lot, but frankly the players just made too many mistakes. Special Teams and the Ravens defense were just too much.
The next few years were hit and miss. The 2002 team surprised by making it to the AFC Championship game despite a slow start. Salary cap issues got the team down after that, but given a little time, you were able to rebuild us into a contending team in 2006, 2007, and a great team in 2008. Again a tough loss to the hated Ravens, again bad luck and this time injury problems allowed Baltimore to come in and win. The past two seasons have been difficult. Last year I really thought we underachieved. It seemed like we had more talent than a lot of teams we were playing, but couldn't get it done. The Patriots game was an embarassesment. This season has been disappointing because at 5-2 people believed that we could be a good team. Let's face it, our defense was not good even through those 7 games. We should have not had that good of a record, however we should not have lost 7 of our last 8 either. For the first time in your coaching tenure it seems that you have lost your team. People make stupid plays, are undisciplined, and have seemed to have given up at times. You are the coach so you get the blame for that....just as you get the credit when they play well. I truly believe that we do not have the talent as most teams in the league and the the owner has severely tied your hands.
In any profession, if your boss does not have your back, it's hard to lead. Now, this may go two ways. Obviously your strained relationship with number 10 could have been handled better. Maybe you should have not tied his hands as much as you have. Or, maybe you truly don't see him as a good player, a franchise QB and your hands are being tied by your boss. Either way, it's a bad situation.
For the first time in your 273 games as a coach, I really think that you, and the Titans will be better off with a change. I don't think someone will come in and make this team or number 10 good any time soon. As a fan, I hope I'm wrong (at least on the latter). I think there will be a line of teams waiting to get you. I hope you go somewhere in the NFC where we don't have to face you but once every four years. I hope you go to a team where the owner lets you coach and be in charge of the team. I hope you go to a team where the players respect you and buy into what you are teaching and coaching them. If things do go as they appear to be heading and you are spending your last week at Baptist Park, then please hear me when I say thank you to a job well done!